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Joseph P. Gibbons, Esq.
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Cleveland Attorney
Joseph P. Gibbons, Esq.

Phone: 216.539.8374


Languages: English

Joe Gibbons joined the firm in May 2005 and became a partner in January 2006. Prior to joining the firm, Joe spent the majority of his career with McGinty, Gibbons, Hilow & Spellacy Co., LPA and Carney & Broadbent, both located in downtown Cleveland, Ohio. Over the years, Joe represented a variety of individuals, businesses, institutions and governmental entities. Joe’s primary practice areas include counseling closely-held businesses, real estate, estate and business succession planning, estate planning, estate and trust administration, and related litigation.

He is active in community and civic affairs, having served as a member of City Council for the City of Lakewood (1992 – 1995), Member and past President of the Lakewood Civil Service Commission (1996 – current) and on many boards and commissions in the City of Lakewood. He served as Chairman of the Board of Directors of Lakewood Catholic Academy, as a Member and Officer of the Board of Trustees of Lakewood Hospital Foundation and as a Member of the Lakewood Hospital Board.

He was appointed to the Board of Trustees of Cuyahoga Arts & Culture by the Cuyahoga County Executive in April 2014 and currently serves as Board Chair. More recently, Joe was appointed to the Board of Directors of the Sisters of Charity Foundation of Cleveland.

Joe remains an avid ice hockey player and runner.

Joe and his wife, Peggy, have two adult children and reside in Lakewood.

Practice Areas

  • Business Law
  • Business Succession Planning
  • Estate Administration
  • Estate Planning and Probate
  • Probate Litigation
  • Real Estate
  • Trust Administration


  • Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, J.D. (1979)
  • John Carroll University (1976)

Admissions & Associations

  • State of Ohio
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio
  • U.S. Court of Appeals
  • Member, American Bar Association
  • Member, Ohio State Bar Association
  • Member, Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association

Awards & Honors

  • LexisNexis® Martindale-Hubbell® – Peer Review Rated
  • Recipient of Lakewood Catholic Academy’s “Insignis Award”

Community Activities

  • Member of the Board of Directors, Sisters of Charity Foundation of Cleveland
  • Member and Chairman of the Cuyahoga Arts & Culture Board of Trustees
  • Current member and past President, Lakewood Civil Service Commission (1996 – present)
  • Past Member, Lakewood Hospital Board
  • Past Member and Officer, Board of Trustees of the Lakewood Hospital Foundation
  • Past Chairman Board of Directors, Lakewood Catholic Academy
  • Life Member, Judicial Conference for Eighth Judicial District
  • City Council, City of Lakewood (1992 – 1995)

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Schneider Smeltz Spieth Bell LLP

1375 East 9th Street
One Cleveland Center, 9th Floor
Cleveland, OH 44114
United States

Law Firm Contact: James D. Vail

Tel: 216.539.8374

Fax: 216.696.7303



Member Since: 2005

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